I know this is a wine community, but wine drinkers drink other things too - I’ve seen whisk(e)y, beer, cider, specialty coffee…plus it’s January, with its quest for a genuinely satisfying no-lo alternative, though I am aware that’s been done before on these pages.
Anyway, I am starting the year with a white tea (Supreme Organic Fuding Bai Hao Yin Zhen Silver Needle White Tea if you’re interested) from Dragon House Tea, as recommended by @lapin_rouge a little while back.
Good for you - and seeing as it’s dry January, I’ll be making a pot of Bai Hao Yin Zhen Silver Needle myself - seems we have the same taste in tea. This sounds a tad snobbish but I find the 2rd ‘refresh’ (or 3rd pour, if that makes sense) makes the best tea because all the tannins have leached away.
I opened this just before Christmas, received as a birthday gift in September.
As I drink my tea black and weak (the tannins make me sick if too strong) I usually drink distinctively flavoured teas such as Lapsang or Earl Grey. I didn’t have high expectations but as long as I am careful with the amount used I am really enjoying it. It reminds me of a good Darjeeling and a nice change.
Same here! Absolutely love The Cold Swedish Winter
Agree that it does ‘cultural differences’ very funnily and sometimes even poignanty. I often think the British and Swedish sense of humour is very similar - dry, witty with a nice dose of self-deprecation.
I spent a lot of time living in Stockholm while working. Coming home in the dark during winter the bushes around the lakes would be packed with people fishing for crayfish and one evening I was invited to the home of a colleague for boiled crayfish.
Speaking of tea and its multifarious expressions (of which I know virtually nothing - I’m much more of a coffee drinker) - I highly recommend Andrew Jefford’s piece about Tea in his (fantastic!) book Drinking with the Valkyries.
Poetic, and thought-provoking, as always - this is actually one of the best pieces of the book, in my opinion. Interestingly, he stated in that piece that if he was made to choose between wine and tea as the only beverage he could drink - he would choose tea.
I’ve used Teahouse Emporium in Bath for a few years now, normally for home delivery for a large 1kg pack of rooibos and other teas, but we do call in if we are in Bath. Delivery is prompt and the teas have always been good.
They also make the sparkling teas for Fortnum & Mason. We’ve had them a few times and find them to be an excellent aperitif that also works well with food. Best thing is that, unlike many alcohol free drinks, they’re not sweet.